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The far reach of the CPI To determine the impact of the chemical industry’s contributions to… IN THE NEWS NEWSFRONTS A Bright Future for Quantum Dots The novel performance characteristics and tunability of quantum dots make… Distillation Column Internals: It's What's on the Inside that Counts New column internals boost efficiency and improve reliability of distillation… CHEMENTATOR
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Mechanochemistry performs cross-coupling reactions Palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions are one of the most powerful and… CO2 scrubber supplies raw material for oxalic acid production A novel carbon-capture project at Michigan Technical University (MTU; Houghton,… Chementator Briefs ‘Green’ steelmaking Seamlessly following the successful completion of the GrInHy… This P-recovery process is market-ready At PowTech 2019 this month (Nuremberg, Germany), Glatt Ingenieurtechnik GmbH… A new membrane for forward osmosis Many desalination technologies have been developed, but they usually require… A new catalyst for making renewable feedstocks The compound 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) is an attractive raw material… Zeolite membranes to undergo large-scale testing for CO2 capture In late February, construction began on a test facility that… Nanostructured catalyst converts CO2 to ethanol electrochemically Reducing carbon dioxide to useful fuel molecules is a highly… BUSINESS NEWS Business News - April 2019 Plant Watch Asahi Kasei plans LIB separator capacity expansions March… TECHNICAL & PRACTICAL U.S. Patent Rights: Think Twice Before Disclosing Your Invention These cautionary tales provide insight that can lead to best… FEATURE REPORT Field Performance Testing for Centrifugal Compressors Determining the field performance of centrifugal compressors can benefit operation… Protecting Instruments from Overpressure Overpressure in a process can damage the seals in a… Prevent Product Release with Pressure Protection Systems Closing off pressure upstream can minimize the need for pressure-relief… FACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Facts at your Fingertips: Convection versus Conduction Drying in Industry Adjustment and control of moisture levels in solid materials is… TECHNOLOGY PROFILE Technology Profile: Production of Polyacrylonitrile Fibers This column is based on “Polyacrylonitrile Production – Cost Analysis,”… ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGER Key Considerations for the Use of Portable Gas Detectors Recent advances in gas-monitoring technologies can greatly increase worker connectivity… EQUIPMENT & SERVICES FOCUS Focus on Analyzers A proportional level-output detector for pilot plants The Dynatrol CL-10GP… NEW PRODUCTS
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A comprehensive line of vacuum metrology equipment The VacTest line of vacuum measurement equipment comprises a comprehensive… New pumps with a patented cyclone seal chamber This company has expanded its ISO Series of process pumps… A new modular economizer heat exchanger An economizer is a type of heat exchanger that recovers… Universal control extends security to individual devices The Xage Enforcement Point (XEP) platform extends network security to… Diaphragm valves for a large biopharmaceutical plant Valves from the SISTO-C series (photo) have been ordered for… Measure roughness directly in the production process Whether a surface must be very smooth or show a… New polymer powder for 3-D printing This company has developed a new polymer powder for applications… This vacuum-tray dryer features a unique CIP system The Model E1S fixed-shelf vacuum-tray dryer (photo) has a chamber… These flow controllers support many user-created mixtures The DPC Series of precision digital mass-flow controllers for process… Remote tank-level monitoring with cellular connectivity TankScan TSU1000 (photo) is an IIoT-enabled ultrasonic tank-monitoring system with… A new digital service to optimize maintenance This company has expanded its Digital Enterprise portfolio to include… A dense-phase conveying system for sensitive products The Pulse-Flow PTA dense-phase pneumatic conveying system (photo) directs air… New options for this biogas flowmeter The Optisonic 7300 Biogas ultrasonic flowmeter (photo) for the measurement… Efficiently reduce agglomerates into particles The Model LB550 lump breaker (photo) can reduce agglomerates as… This boundary monitor now includes VOC emissions data The new Guardian2 site boundary monitor (photo) is designed to… Effective utilization of unused device data At the 2019 Hannover Messe (April 1–5), this company highlighted… Backpressure valves and pulsation dampeners combined New Fusion dampeners (photo) combine the technologies of this company’s… Easily detect level in challenging powder materials The CL-10 G Series of level detectors (photo) are designed… A tablet makes data available, even in hazardous zones The new Tab-Ex 02 industrial tablet (photo) is ATEX/IECEx Zone… Anti-cavitation valve trim helps improve plant availability, safety The Fisher Vee-Ball rotary control valves are now available with… A new digital service to transform engineering in the CPI This company’s Advanced Modelling and Simulation (AMS) service can help… This magnetic separator is automatically cleaned Introduced at Powtech this month, the Easy Clean magnetic separator…
Focusing on water Water is both a life-giving source and a potentially devastating… COVER STORY Communication Technologies for Throttling Valve Control Closed-loop control performance depends on the dynamic response of the… IN THE NEWS NEWSFRONTS The Changing Face of Maintenance Connected enterprises and intelligent instrumentation promote predictive maintenance and improve… A Look Inside Advanced Materials Analysis Testing and characterization techniques are rising to meet the demands… CHEMENTATOR
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Chementator Briefs Cotton dyes Cotton Inc. (Cary, N.C.; www.cottoninc.com) and Archroma (Reinach,… Making bio-oils via solvent liquefaction At a pilot plant near Ames, Iowa, a team of… This desalination process uses much less energy than RO An adsorption desalination and cooling (ADC) plant has been implemented… The search for salt-tolerant microbes for improved bioleaching In response to water scarcity and declining grades of ore,… Making ammonia at milder conditions Ammonia is a crucial chemical feedstock for fertilizer production, as… Ethanol from CO2 Scientists at the U.S. DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL;… Commercial MOFs on the horizon A partnership between materials company NuMat Technologies (Skokie, Ill.; www.numat-tech.com)… Solution mining technique improves potash yields A new patent-pending solution-mining technique known as SMER (selective mining… Plasma oxidation disinfects water without the addition of chemicals A new technology that uses plasma to kill bacteria and… Recycling textiles into reusable cotton, polyesters and silver Millions of tons of cotton-polyester-blend material that would normally be… This alkylation process uses an ionic liquid catalyst A new alkylation technology that uses ionic liquids as a… Tin-based catalyst for photodecomposition Daylight-driven photocatalysts have attracted much attention in the context of… A microwave-assisted flow reactor for organic synthesis Saida FDS Inc. (Shizuoka, http://saidagroup.jp/fds_en/) has commercialized a flow reactor… BUSINESS NEWS Business News - November 2016 Plant Watch Covestro doubles polycarbonate resin production capacity in Shanghai… TECHNICAL & PRACTICAL FEATURE REPORT Heat Transfer in Wiped Film Evaporators Simulations demonstrate the complex, changing properties of materials within the… FACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Sampling for Internal Corrosion Properly selected and executed sampling techniques are essential for assessing,… TECHNOLOGY PROFILE Carbon Fiber Production from Pitch This column is based on a report published by Intratec… SOLIDS PROCESSING Dust Management in Bulk-Material-Handling Operations Dust management can be divided into three main categories: prevention,… ENGINEERING PRACTICE Considering Fugitive Emissions During the Conceptual Design Stage The ability to reduce fugitive emissions through the use of… YOU AND YOUR JOB Re-Establishing Course Changing employment situations can leave affected employees trying to redefine… EQUIPMENT & SERVICES FOCUS Analyzers Monitor hydrogen peroxide in water-treatment applications The advanced HP80 hydrogen… NEW PRODUCTS
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These internal gear pumps are smaller and faster A new and innovative internal gear pump which can be… Condition monitoring tools for compressor-lubrication systems The new Proflo USB-IR Adaptor (photo) and Proflo Assist Software… Platinum-clad anodes available in a variety of configurations This company's line of platinum-clad anodes (photo) are metallurgically bonded… A rugged low-flow pump for challenging fluids The recently introduced Series MP7000 mechanically actuated diaphragm metering pump… Rotating equipment handled by this new software module Released last month, the latest version of Comsol Multiphysics software,… Analyze and edit images in the field with this infrared camera The TiX620 infrared camera’s 640×480 resolution provides measurement accuracy, and… Quality data capture in hazardous areas made easy The use of 1- and 2-D barcodes and NFC/HF RFID… These new coatings additives are silicone-free TEGO Flow 375 and TEGO Flow 460 N are two… Precise flow control forcryogenic applications Valve solutions must satisfy strict demands when used in complex… A new series of active pulsation dampeners The new DT series of active pulsation dampeners (photo) is… This hygienic rotary valve has USDA approval The ZRD sanitary rotary valves (photo) have been approved by… New diaphragm pressure gage for the highest safety The new model PG43SA-D diaphragm pressure gage (photo) features integrated… Express availability services launched for motors and drives Control Techniques and Leroy-Somer (CT & LS) have launched a… Radar level transmitters with Bluetooth connectivity The Micropilot FMR10 and FMR20 (photo) free-space radar level transmitters… A new magnetically coupled rotary vane pump The Duo 11 ATEX rotary vane pump (photo), which meets… Launch of the world’s smallest differential pressure sensor Introduced at electronica 2016 (Munich, Germany; November 8–11), the new… Achieve enhanced discharge flow with this portable system The hydraulic Lift & Seal System (photo) docks drums to… Update for System 800xA Minerals Library An updated version of this company’s System 800xA Minerals Library… Butterfly valve meets requirements of CPI The Neles BWX high-performance butterfly valve (photo) has now gained… This heavy-duty slurry pump can be serviced while running XHD model pumps are heavy-duty metal- and rubber-lined slurry pumps… Determine flare-gas heat values with this mass spectrometer The Promaxion process mass spectrometer (photo) is said to offer… Inverted-bucket steam traps for high pressures The new IBV range of high-pressure inverted-bucket steam traps (photo)… Measure uneven bulk solids with these ultrasonic level sensors LVTX-10 Series close-range ultrasonic distance and level sensors (photo) are… Blower packages available open or enclosed The new MPAK 2000 blower package (photo) is designed for… A jacketed reactor for effortless reaction scaleup Launched last month, the Orb Pilot jacketed reactor is said… This particle analyzer measures over 30 different parameters The FlowCam 8100 particle imaging and analysis system (photo) features… This syringe pump has two independent pumping channels The Pump 33 DDS (dual drive system; photo) is a… Remote monitoring and control software for this metal detector SmartX7Link software gives users the power to remotely monitor, control… This rotary pressure filter has clean-in-place technology Type RPF rotary pressure filters (photo) are continuously operating filters… Contact angles provide benefits for these bearing arrangements The MRC PumPac series of angular contact ball-bearing arrangements (photo)… SHOW PREVIEWS Show Preview-Valve World Expo The entire spectrum of industrial valves will be covered by…
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